AC approves one-day exemption plea of Nawaz, Maryam

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A three-judge bench of the Lahore High Court (HC) was hearing petitions against alleged contemptuous speeches by PML-N leaders since Sharif was ousted from office in a graft case July 28, 2017.

The court instructed PEMRA to decide on all complaints regarding the broadcast of anti-judiciary remarks by Sharif and his daughter within 15 days, and to ensure that such content is not broadcast by anyone.

The court directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, or Pemra, to take a call on the petitions filed against the Sharifs within 15 days.

More than a dozen petitions had been filed in the LHC contending that the PML-N leadership had been making derogatory speeches against Supreme Court judges since the verdict of Nawaz's disqualification in the Panama Papers case past year. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had disqualified him in July previous year, forcing the three-time prime minister to resign.

Several Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders including Pervez Rashid, Mushahidullah Khan and Mahmood Khan Achakzai are also present on the occasion. If convicted, he can be jailed. "A person dissatisfied at a verdict should file a review petition", he said.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expressed anger at the incorrect reports ran by some news channels that Lahore High Court had placed a ban on Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz's speeches.

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Nawaz Sharif said they shouldn't repeat the previous mistakes.

During the hearing headed by Justice Mohammad Bashir, Maryam Nawaz's lawyer Amjad Pervez has completed cross-examination of Panama Joint Investigation Team (JIT) head Wajid Zia after five days.

The petitioner further said their tirade was going unnoticed.

Whereas, Article 19 says every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, or incitement to an offence.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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